Journal Article

Phenomenology and the Problems of Oral History

R. Kenneth Kirby

in The Oral History Review

Published on behalf of Oral History Association

Volume 35, issue 1, pages 22-28
Published in print January 2008 | ISSN: 0094-0798
Published online January 2008 | e-ISSN: 1533-8592 | DOI:
Phenomenology and the Problems of Oral History

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Abstract: In this article, the author argues that many of the best practices of oral history reflect phenomenological thinking even though practitioners may not describe themselves as using phenomenological methods. The author suggests that knowledge and application of phenomenology can clarify or minimize such potential problems as interviewer bias and informant unreliability and can refute accusations that oral history is less reliable than history taken from documents.

Keywords: Cultural history; historical truth; Husserl; phenomenology; subjectivity

Journal Article.  8591 words. 

Subjects: Oral History

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